About Victoria Falls ~ Zimbabwe

About Victoria Falls ~ Zimbabwe
The Victoria Falls, 1.7kms wide, 120m in height is on the mighty Zambezi River, which forms the international borderline between Zimbabwe & Zambia. The Falls are one of the best 7 Natural World Wonders, a Unesco World Heritage Site, & easily accessible. Breathtaking & pounding waterflows, the full length of the Falls are best viewed throughout the year from the Zimbabwe side, while Zambia offers very restricted views, limited waterfalls & a totally dry rockface many months each year - resulting in many a dismayed tourist. The buzzing town of Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe was established in the early 1900s, essentially for tourism purposes, & offers many accommodation styles, adventure activities, wildlife safaris & a humming nightlife. Daily flights, train, bus & car hire allow quick & easy access.


Dr David Livingstone, the famed African Traveller, a Missionary, Explorer & Emancipator, first viewed the splendour of these Falls in 1855, naming them after ‘his’ Queen Victoria. The absolute awe of nature’s cataclysmic beauty enticed the Dr to script the journal entry still famous today ‘Scenes so wonderful must be gazed upon by Angels in their flight’.
The Victoria Falls, seen from Zimbabwe provides over 1,7km of prime waterfall viewing, neatly paved rainforest walks, stunning viewpoints, interpretive centre, suitable for the very young, elderly & paraplegic guests. Please note that restrictive fencing & barricades are kept to an aesthetic minimum, please do not be tempted to stand on the slippery edge. Raincoats, umbrellas & protective plastics for camera/binos/video are advisable from January to July. Totally wild animals in the form of Hippo, Elephant, Warthog, Buffalo, Baboons, Monkeys, Mongoose, Crocodile & Antelope freely roam the town & hotel or lodge grounds – !!PLEASE!! DO NOT attempt to feed, pet, touch or close photograph these. They bite, trample, maim & wound. Unfortunately, the animal usually ends being culled after a biting or attack incident incited by a guest.


Early native inhabitants revered this highly sacred & spiritual site then named ‘Shongwe’ (Boiling Pot) then later ‘Mosi oa Tunya’ translating to ‘Smoke that Thunders’ derived from the towering vapour cloud rising 300m above the Falls, with literally thunderous waters pounding the steeply eroded chasm below. Victoria Falls Zimbabwe is without any doubt Mother Nature’s ultimate masterpiece, her ethereal magnificence never disappoints.


Apart from viewing the Falls, other activities include Game Viewing, Birding, Zambezi Sundowner Cruise or Canoe Safari, White Water Rafting, Bungi, Cultural visits, Curio & Artefact Shopping, Elephant or Horse bush rides & Lion walks, Safari Adventure Day Trips, Pool & Spa Safari, Victoria Falls ~ Zimbabwe has the noteworthy longstanding reputation as Africa’s Prime Adventure & Adrenalin capital, where many overlanders, backpackers & travellers converge for a few days of sanctity, humour, adrenalin & exploration!
Victoria Falls ~ Zimbabwe is the admirable epicentre to some of Africa’s most authentic safari hotspots, being Matetsi, Chobe River, Hwange NP, Kariba Matusadona, Mana Pools, Matobo, Kafue, Okavango, Kruger NP. Each destination offers fantastic photographic Big 5 safari wilderness areas, exclusive lodges, easily accessible & definitely worth a few extra days ‘on-safari’ at a variety of destinations to fully savour the bush scenes, wildlife & gastronomic delights that are totally unique to each different camp or lodge.


Birding at Victoria Falls
Birding in the area of Victoria Falls, amongst the many diverse habitats that provide refuge for over 465 bird species seen throughout the year, with many seasonal inter-African & Eurasian migrants arriving in October/November & departing March/April. Biomes include Rainforest & Palm Groves, precipitous Gorges, Riparian forest & islands, Savanna & Teak Woodland, Savanna Grasslands, Miombo, Dambo & Swamp, Papyrus Islands, Communal Agricultural & Suburban Exotic Woodland.
Darryl, since the age of 5 has been an avid & perpetual, highly acclaimed Birdwatcher, & offers Personally guided Bird & Nature walks, drives, boatcruise, canoe, rafting & horse & elephant rides. Specialised Birding Safari Itineraries include intensive daytrips or overnight safaris into the Zambezi NP, Matetsi, Chobe NP, Hwange NP, Kazuma NP & West Kariba Houseboating.


Area specials include *Rock Pratincole, Schalows Turaco, Taita Falcon, Bat Hawk, Western Banded Snake Eagle, Augur Buzzard, Dickinson’s Kestrel, African Finfoot, *Lesser Moorhen, *Allens Gallinule, *Lesser Jacana, Grey Headed Parrot, Coppery Tailed Coucal, Pels Fishing Owl, *Pennant Winged Nightjar, Half Collared Kingfisher, Collared Palm Thrush, Rosy Throated Longclaw, Northern Grey Headed Sparrow, *Broad Tailed Paradise Whydah, *Brown Firefinch, *Green Winged Pytilia.             (* denotes Seasonal migrants or plumage).


BEAK (Bird Environment Africa Kids) Foundation - independently & correctly monitor all bird species, disease, population decline & increase, habitat destruction or natural modification, migrant bird passage hazards eg hunting, trapping, air - ground - water & human pollution. Results are provided to RSPB UK & local BirdLife offices. Cross border monitoring is ongoing with frequent annual visits to all African Safari countries for updates & all concerns are made aware to the relevant authorities. The active nurturing & promotion of Tomorrows Environmental Leaders, the next Generation of Guardians of Africa’s Great Wilderness Heritage, ensuring proper schooling & qualifications required to safeguard the habitats for all African Fauna & Flora.


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